Ever since I saw Clannad~After Story’s opening sequence, I simply loved the beautiful visuals along with the intro song. They combined to make the whole opening scene appears and sounds magical. It’s clearly one of loveliest anime opening visuals from the Fall season. The studio finally got round to releasing the OP/ED single which I’ve been anticipating since Clannad AS has been on air. The CD features both the intro and outro themes i.e. Toki wo Kizamu Uta (A Song to Pass the Time) and Torch. It also includes the TV-sized versions as well as the non-vocal versions of both themes.
I am not that fond of the ending song ‘Torch’. Somehow, it doesn’t really match the opening song in terms of impact and impression. Even the closing sequence didn’t give me the same experience as the intro. The full version of Toki wo Kizamu Uta is simply lovely with the beautiful twinkling of piano and strings arrangement accompanying Lia’s soaring vocals on the chorus part…love how the song ends as well. You just have to listen to it to get the impression I’m having. Anyway, click the links to preview both songs on the tracklist.
CD Title: TVアニメ [CLANNAD -AFTER STORY-] OP&ED テーマ 「時を刻む唄/TORCH」 / Lia
Date Released: 14-Nov-2008
Catalog No. KSLA-0044
01. 時を刻む唄 Toki wo Kizamu Uta
(歌:Lia 作詞:麻枝准 作曲:麻枝准 編曲:ANANT-GARDE EYES)
(歌:Lia 作詞:魁 作曲:折戸伸治 編曲:福士健太郎)
03. 時を刻む唄 – TV animation version
04. TORCH – TV animation version
05. 時を刻む唄 – off vocal version
06. TORCH – off vocal version